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Testimony

Muhammad Abu Halub, pensioner, recalls his orchard, destroyed during Operation Protective Edge

I retired from my position with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education in 2005. I live with my family in a three-room house in Beit Lahiya. We’ve lived here since 1964. We had a 0.5 hectare p
Testimony

May Hamadah, a quadriplegic, describes life since being wounded last year when a special needs hostel was bombed

May Hamadah in her room at the hostel's new residence. Photo: Muhammad Sa’id, B'Tselem, 1 July 2015 I am a quadriplegic and have lived in a hostel for people with disabilities since childhood. I also
Testimony

Maha Abu Mutlaq, a 17-year-old high school student, describes life since her home was destroyed in Protective Edge

I’m in the 12th grade in the girls’ high school in Khuza’ah. I’m in the science stream and have almost finished my matriculation exams. For almost a year, ever since the Israeli military destroyed our
Testimony

Maryam Abu Raya describes bombing of a-Zafer Tower, where she and her family used to live

My husband passed away in 1995. In 1997 I bought an apartment on the ninth floor of the a-Zafer Tower and lived there with my children. Over time, they got married and moved out. Two of them now live
Testimony

Mayadah Zaqut recalls bombing that killed her husband in their apartment, and bombing of their entire building several weeks later

My husband, ‘Ahed Zaqut, was 49. He worked as a clerk in the Sports Department of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and was also a coach in several soccer clubs in Gaza. I lived with ‘Ahed and
Testimony

Testimony: One year after Operation Cast Lead, the al-'Athamneh family , from ‘Izbat ‘Abd Rabo, is still living in a tent, December 2009

Nawal al-'Athamneh , 59 I live with my family in ‘Izbat ‘Abd Rabo, east of the Jabalya refugee camp. We have lived here for 30 years. We built a three-story building in which my husband and I live wit
Press Release

Alongside welcome, albeit limited, improvements, B'Tselem warns that so long as the settlement enterprise and the siege on Gaza continue, there will be no real improvement in human rights

The siege on Gaza: Collective punishment of 1.5 million people Israel continues its siege on the Gaza Strip, which began in 2007. As a result, until June 2010, 95 percent of the factories and workshop
Press Release

Better late than never: even two years since Operation Cast Lead, an independent Israeli investigation is crucial to achieve accountability and prevent future violations

Two years since to completion of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, B'Tselem renews its call to Israel to open an independent, effective investigation into the grave suspicions of violations of hu
Press Release

10 years to the second Intifada – summary of data

Casualties in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians (29.9.2000 to 26.9.2010) Israeli security forces killed 6371 Palestinians, of whom 1317 were minors. At least 2996 of the fatalities did
Press Release

B'Tselem's Annual Report 2009-2010: Easing of movement along with continuation of the Gaza siege and the settlement enterprise

83 Palestinians and 7 Israelis killed in conflict since operation Cast Lead Israel demolished 92 homes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 2009. Home demolition was frozen in East Jerusa